14 Best Calathea Types | Calathea Varieties List

Learn all about 14 Best Calathea Types! This genus has some of the most stunning varieties for your houseplant collection!

Calathea is a popular houseplant famous for its beautiful leaves. It comes in many varieties to choose from, each one of them distinct on their own! Regardless of which you’re going to pick from these Best Calathea Types, their eye-catching foliage is sure to turn many heads in your home!

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Best Calathea Types to Grow

1. Round-Leaf Calathea

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Botanical Name: Calathea orbifolia

This variety has 8-12 inch wide, leathery leaves with creamy and light-green stripes. It prefers humid conditions and well-draining soil. Keep it under partial shade.

2. Rattlesnake Plant

Botanical Name: Calathea lancifolia

Rattlesnake calathea features long and narrow, light-green leaves with edges in dark green marks. Place the plant in bright filtered light and use a rich, well-draining soil.

3. Furry Feather

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Botanical Name: Calathea rufibarba

Also known as velvet calathea, it has lance-shaped green foliage, with velvety purple undersides on long burgundy stems. It is tolerant to lower light conditions.

4. Corona

Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta

Corona or Rose painted calathea has large glossy foliage with bright green to creamy patterns. It thrives in well-draining soil. Protect the plant from cold drafts.

5. Dottie

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Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta ‘Dottie’

Dottie has deep-green foliage that looks almost black with fuschia pink outlines on each leaf. Keep it in bright, indirect sunlight and mist regularly to maintain humidity.

6. Rosey

Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta ‘Rosey’

Rosey features large oval-shaped leaves with green edges and pink center with purple undersides that fold during the night. Grow it in well-draining soil and protect from cold drafts.

7. Jungle Velvet

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Botanical Name: Calathea warscewiczii

It grows in lance-shaped, velvety dark green leaves with light green patterns. Grow the plant in high humid conditions or use a humidifier.

8. Peacock Calathea

Botanical Name: Calathea makoyana

This beautiful calathea has thin dark green to purple foliage with peacock markings having lime feathering on red-pink stems. Keep it in bright, indirect sunlight and high humidity.

9. Eternal Flame

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Botanical Name: Calathea crocata

Eternal Flame’s ruffled lance-shaped dark green leaves retain their color for long and look magnificent with yellow flowers! It thrives well in bright indirect sunlight, also exposure to several hours of bright morning sun is beneficial.

10. Pin-stripe

Botanical Name: Calathea ornata

Pin-stripe offers foot long oblong dark green leaves patterned with pink-white stripes on long green stems. Grow this calathea in well-draining and slightly moist soil.

11. Zebra Calathea

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Botanical Name: Calathea zebrina

The dark to mid-green patterns on its velvety leaves resembles a Zebra’s skin. It also grows purple-white flowers in spring. Place the plant in filtered sunlight for optimum growth.

12. Sanderiana

Botanical Name: Calathea ornata ‘Sanderiana’

Sanderiana has glossy dark green leaves with rose-cream pinstripes and purple bottom sides. The plant thrives in indirect sunlight, so keep it at a bright spot.

13. Freddie

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Botanical Name: Calathea ‘Freddie’

Freddy looks quite stunning with its light green long narrow leaves patterned with dark-green feathery veins! Place the plant in bright indirect light, and follow these steps to maintain humidity.

14. Network

Botanical Name: Calathea musaica ‘PP0005’

This stunningly textured cultivar has variegated small green leaves. The plant does well in bright indirect light, so keeping it by the East or West window is ideal.

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